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Weardale offers the greatest variety of outdoor pursuits available in the countryside. The extreme geological terrain and historical mining has created a challenging environment for a variety of outdoor pursuits above and below ground. The dale boasts miles and miles of open moorland, riverside footpaths and open pasture to enjoy.


Weardale Adventure Centre - Weardale House, Ireshopeburn

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Functioning around a 80-bed, fully catered residential centre, Weardale Adventure Centre offers a multitude of high-quality, outdoor and adventure education, activities. Founded in 1978, the centre has been an integral part of the local community and as such utilises local venues alongside on-site activities to provide groups with a thoroughly enjoyable experience. As such, the centre regularly welcomes back groups that have been utilising the facilities, in some cases for over 20 years!

Beyond life on activity, the centre provides opportunities to relax and enjoy the countryside. Set in 5-acres of grounds consisting of gardens, lawns and fields and fully enclosed within historic dry-stone walls – the site provides a true taste of ‘life in the north’, freely accessible and for use by students, guests and supporting staff. The centre boasts a large playing field for that evening ‘kick-about’, a games room including a pool table, ping-pong table and table football. We also have outdoor toilets and showers (for those muddier moments) as well as ample space to find some time for peace and reflection.

The house itself is a comfortable and spacious three story building with the upper two floors being dedicated to accommodation and bathrooms, all of which are cleaned daily whilst in use by groups. The ground floor consists of a comfortable staff room, a large common room as well as the dining room and kitchen, all of which have views of the gardens and grounds. The house is centrally heated with hot and cold running water throughout.

Groups and Activities – The centre can cater for just about any group, with any needs, however we tend to spend much of our time delivering high quality educational programmes to school groups between the ages of 8 and 18. Whilst these groups may be the staple of centre life, we have a wealth of experience delivering activities to just about any range of clients.

We offer a multitude of activities and packages as well as being in the fortunate position of being able to offer bespoke and custom programmes to prospective clients, these can take place on-site, locally within the Weardale area, or even further afield such as the Lake District, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Weardale Adventure Centre
Co Durham
DL13 1HB
Tel: 01388 537 387

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We offer the full range of bushcraft and wilderness survival skills with a qualified trainer with 30 years experience.

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  • basic fire lighting, fire by friction, fire in wet conditions, cooking on fires, carrying fire,
  • bushcraft hunting bows and their use, tracking and stalking, willow fish traps and fishing spears,
  • survival shelter construction, use of tarpaulins and knots,
  • water collection and treatment,
  • useful bushcraft plants, natural cordage,
  • foraging for wild food and wild medicine,
  • basic baskets and containers, knife and tool skills.

Sessions from half a day to a full week. Family activities also available.

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